As usual I will be sharing some of my recent meals today, but I also thought I would talk a bit about some of the challenges I have encountered so far since starting the Whole30. We are at day 17 now so more than halfway done!
-It’s really hard to find things without added sugar or oils that are Whole30 compliant. Almond butter and cashews are two things we were looking for and couldn’t find. We ended up finding both raw cashews and freshly made almond butter at Fresh Market on Monday which I was pretty excited about!
I may have eaten this almond butter (that my parents got at Whole Foods) by the spoonful over the weekend.
-It’s been tough to judge how much (if any) leftovers we will have from our meals. Sometimes I will plan to use leftovers for lunch and then I have to figure out a plan B.
-Mornings when I don’t run I am starving by 6am. I can’t make it from 6 until 12 when I eat lunch so I’ve been trying to be creative about substantial morning snacks.
-There has only been one meal so far that we’ve eaten “out” and by out I mean we made salads at the grocery store. Even just trying to decide where to grab a quick lunch from was challenging. It was a good thing we were eating the salads at home so we could use olive oil as our dressing.
-Our grocery bill is getting much higher than we’d like. It’s somewhat justified by not eating out at all, but even still I would like to figure out ways to spend less. It’s challenging to buy high-quality food like grass-fed and organic while also trying to stay within a reasonable budget.
Overall its going well but I can’t say I’m not excited for a glass of wine in a couple of weeks.
So, onto the food!
Pre-run: Banana and coffee
Breakfast: Eggs scrambled with sugar-free nitrate free bacon, sweet potatoes, zucchini, and kale
Lunch: Spring mix, baby carrots, cucumbers, green peppers, grilled chicken and sweet potatoes
Snack: plantain chips, raw cashews, raw almonds, raisins
Dinner: One pot chicken and potatoes with green beans added
Post-dinner: Green tea and apple chips with almond butter
Nothing too exciting, but a pretty typical day. This was what I ate on Monday and since I was off from work I was able to be a little more flexible with my choices. Dinner also took almost an hour and a half to cook which is why I planned it for a day when I would be home in the afternoon.
Thanks Jenn for hosting the #WIAW link-up!
If you have done the Whole30 did you face any of these challenges? Any tips for dealing with them?
If you haven’t done the Whole30 but have considered it, what are some challenges you would expect to face?
What is the best thing you have eaten this week?